More and more students want to add some international experience to the course of their early life as an asset for their professional future.
Two options are available to you:International training and Erasmus Program
« IRFSS Pays de la Loire » has been investing for years to form partnerships with training places abroad. Students have the opportunity to do a 4-week training in Asia (Vietnam, India...), in Africa (Senegal, Burundi...) : destinations where health and humanitarian projects are to require professional nursing in the future.
In its international approach of sharing knowledge and culture, the « IRFSS Pays de la Loire » joined the Erasmus program in July 2012. This will greatly enhance our students mobility.
The Erasmus program enables to improve and enhance students and trainers' mobility. It also allows transparency and qualifications compatiblity in higher education and a higher professional training in Europe. The main benefits are the host university tuition fees exemption and the recognition of the studies made abroad. Scholarships, loans and social security are preserved too.
The Erasmus program provides two means of international mobility
Erasmus Study Program
Students mobility allows higher school registered students having passed their first year successfully to do a 3-to-12-month training in another participating country. Students mobility is made with previously concluded interinsitutional agreements between the departure structure (here, IRFSS Le Mans) and the host structure. Both structures have to be signatories of the Erasmus program. Mobility is recognized and taken into account by the establishment of origin for graduation. Especially thanks to the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) and to the study contract signed by the Erasmus student with both establishments before leaving.
Students mobility allows higher school registered students having passed their first year successfully to do a 3-to-12-month work placement in another company or country adhering to the expanded Erasmus charter. A training agreement signed by the student, his or her school and the host school covers the mobility period. A training contract which determines the work placement program has to be signed by the original higher school and the host school. Finally, an Erasmus students' charter defines their rights and duties during their training abroad. At the end of this mobility period, the time spent abroad has to be recognized by the host school, preferably in the form of ECTS. Recognition is based on the contract approved by all the parts before the beginning of the training.